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Headteachers Letter

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Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School.

We are proud that our 2017 Ofsted inspection highlighted the school’s many great strengths, particularly in relation to the good start the children make in the Early Years Foundation Stage, keeping the children safe, the caring ethos, behaviour and relationships. We are proud that based on the ‘accurate understanding’ of our school shared by governors and leaders, we are together ‘successfully bringing about improvements in the quality of our pupils’ education. We are proud of our Church Ethos and the acknowledgement that “relationships are exemplary”, that “there is a profoundly supportive atmosphere throughout the school” and that “pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well provided for.”

From September 2017, our school roll enables five classes for our pupils - approximately 135 girls and boys, aged from four to eleven years old. Whilst the majority of our pupils come from the surrounding villages of Orwell, Arrington, Croydon, Tadlow, Whaddon and Wimpole, we are pleased to welcome pupils from the wider South Cambridgeshire area. As a result, our class structure varies each year according to the size of each year group cohort. Currently we have three classes in Key Stage 2 and two classes in EYFS/KS1.

We are proud to be leading a passionate and enthusiastic staff team who value a creative curriculum that encourages excellence, enjoyment, perseverance and the building of positive relationships. With the support of our skilled Governing Body, as a school, over the last two years, we have introduced many initiatives, to the benefit of our pupils, including revisions to the spelling programme, homework menu, guided and individual reading system, maths calculation policy and reasoning skills, assessment information, Silver Sports Mark, Gold Lent Challenge, Lego computing, revised school values, writer of the week and the school lunch system with a production kitchen. Please do see our Events Page to find out more. In 2017-18 we are striving to achieve the silver Arts Mark as part of our 3 year strategic plan.

As well as providing fantastic social events, our Friends of Petersfield (FOPS) is highly successful in raising funds for Petersfield. Over the last two years, the priority was raising funds to develop our library and reading resources and to purchase a stage for our ever-popular school productions and class assemblies. In 2017-18, reading, computing and outdoor areas are key priorities.

We firmly believe that a strong parent-partnership is essential as we work together to best meet the needs of each child. Therefore, as a school, we continue to update parents on current information and initiatives and to be available daily on the playground to liaise, help and provide pastoral support to all our pupils. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors to our friendly school as you become part of our school community.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose.

Latest News

22nd Nov - our 'Stay and Play' session at Peterfield welcomed prospective parents and pupils for September 2017. The application deadline for the first round of EYFS admissions is 15th January 2018.

22nd Nov - Pupils from Petersfield attended an award ceremony and were presented with our Bronze Travel Plan award and a prizes of bike and scooter storage.

21st Nov - Thanks to FOPS for the dancing, sweets and fun had at tonight's school disco.

17th Nov - Children in Need Fundraising with a dress down day.

16th Nov - We were delighted to host one of our regular induction sessions. We highly value the parent and local community support we receive to enrich the learning of our pupils.

16th Nov - In our Anti-Bullying Assembly today, we listened to how to be a good friend, why we are all unique, special and equal and the varieties of bullying. The pupils learnt more about how to deal with cyber bullying and we all agreed that Petersfield is an anti-bullying school.

15th Nov - Hands on science in Rowan Class thanks to Miss Ball! 'Mr Ashford made his hands wet, scooped up the bubbles and Miss Ball then set light to a long, long, long stick before setting Mr Ashford's hands on fire! Twice! When the flames went out, Mr Ashford's hands weren't even singed!'

14th Nov - Year 6 participated in the first of an exciting series of science lessons thanks to Johnson Matthey as organized by one of our wonderful parents.

14th Nov - we continue to invite parents and carers into school to find out more about how we support any specific needs of our pupils at our 'SENDCo parent drop in'. Please see the diary dates for the next session in the Spring term.

8th-14th Nov - Thank you to our teachers and FOPS for staffing the book fair and to our pupils and parents for supporting this event and grabbing a good read!

11th Nov - We were very proud of our pupils, past and present, who joined us and the local community to observe 2 minutes silence. Our thanks to Mr Bryant for organizing the poppy campaign at Petersfield and to the Standard Bearer who led us from school to Chequers.

10th Nov - Pine class enjoyed an excellent visit to the British Museum. Thanks to our staff and volunteers for enabling this visit.

10th Nov - Congratulation to those who deserved our Headteacher Awards today. We are very proud of the excellent learning and attitudes to learning being demonstrated.

9th Nov - We were delighted to welcome prospective parents to our Open Afternoon for September 2018 intake. We were very impressed with how the children joined in with the learning in class. We look forward to welcoming new pupils and parents back. The deadline for applications is 15th Jan 2018.

8th Nov - What an exciting medieval day in EYFS and KS1 today! Music, dancing, arts, crafts, cooking, and of course a banquet, were all enjoyed in costume. What a great day of learning!

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